Should a kidney cancer survivor have routine yearly tests that include CT scans of the lungs?

Not necessarily. Depending on the stage and grade of kidney cancer, some patients may require ct scan of lungs. For many patients, yearly chest x-ray for the first 5 years may be sufficient.

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How much protein per day should a kidney cancer survivor consume?

Protein intake. There is no set limit or recommendation or restriction for protein intake. Just eat healthy balance diet. Read more...
Depends. It is prudent to decrease protein intake rspecially if 1 kidney. The average person needs between 40-65 gm of protein/day. This is based on body size & health status. The 5 stages of ckd are defined by the glomerular filtration rate (gfr), a measure of how much blood the kidneys are able to filter ot overall kidney function. In stages 1-3 of ckd, limit protein to 12-15% of your calories/day. Read more...
Depends of function . Amount of protein in diet in pure terms of Kidney disease depends on degree of kidney function. Severe protein restriction is not recommended. . Read more...

If somebody had kidney cancer can doctors tell what stage it's in by doing an MRI or cat scan on the patient?

Not thoroughly. For example, ct or MRI of the abdomen would not fully stage because imaging of other parts of the body are needed to rule out metastatic disease. Nccn guidelines recommend the following for kidney mass work up: history & physical exam, cbc, cmp, ua, ct a/p or MRI and, chest imaging, & consider brain mri, bone scan, urine cytology, needle biopsy. Read more...
Imaging good info. You want to know if imaging studies like ct scan or MRI will help determine the stage in renal cancer. You will get good infrmation from imaging and the staging will be estimated. If the renal cancer extends into the inferior venae cavae or to the right atrium it can be detected by imaging studies. Surgery will confirm the clinical staging. Be well and i wish you the best. Read more...